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Contradiction of Review by Daniel Pipes

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Submitted by Duane Daugherty (Thailand), Apr 6, 2007 at 08:08

This comes from the 2003 introduction to the book 'What Price Israel?' by Alfred M. Lilienthal. The book was first published in 1953. This reference to the newly released information from the Truman Library clearly and absolutely contradicts the review by Daniel Pipes of the book 'Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel' by Michale T. Benson.

"In the summer of 2003, we have seen great shock and sorrow expressed about very angry and seemingly "anti-Semitic" remarks in a 1947 diary of then President Harry Truman that had remained dust-covered and unread for over half a century until the Truman Library found it and released it to the public. In a July 21, 2003 article, "Truman did it to save his own skin," in the Jewish World Review, Sidney Zion laments with considerable rage that now the truth is out, and it shows that White House aide Clark Clifford told Truman he would lose the 1948 election unless he immediately recognized the Jewish state. Why the huge surprise that Truman's much acclaimed love and concern for the Jews has turned out to be a bitterly disappointing fable! The American champion of the founding of Israel made his pro-Zionist decisions far less due to his Bible upbringing or humanitarian motives than because of his political concerns to have both the Jewish vote and campaign money from wealthy Jews. Readers of the original What Price Israel? have known this for 30 or 40 or 50 years since they first read it. The truth was known then but was denied and covered up to make the existence of the new "Jewish state" appear to be the outcome of both a religious and humanitarian miracle."

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